Allow Thigh Kicks

Subject: Proposal for Leg Kicks in Karate Combat – Embracing Tradition and Diversifying the Sport

Dear Karate Combat Community,

I would like to introduce a proposal that I believe would significantly benefit Karate Combat by allowing leg kicks to the thigh and, in doing so, bridge the gap between modern and traditional karate. Much like the transition from 6oz gloves to 4oz gloves that has been recently implemented, this change has several compelling advantages:


It’s important to remember that karate’s origins included a variety of striking techniques, including kicks to the thigh. By reintroducing leg kicks to Karate Combat, we pay homage to this rich tradition and preserve the essence of the martial art itself.


One of the most exciting aspects of Karate Combat is its potential to bring together different martial arts disciplines. Allowing leg kicks to the thigh would attract practitioners of styles like Kyokushin, which emphasizes full-contact, powerful striking. This inclusivity would diversify our talent pool and create an environment where fighters from various backgrounds can showcase their unique skills.


The introduction of leg kicks to the thigh introduces a new dimension of strategy and technique to the sport. Fighters would need to adapt, develop new defenses, and innovate their offense. This dynamic change promises a more captivating and diverse range of fights, keeping fans engaged and excited.


We all appreciate the excitement and innovation that Karate Combat has brought to the martial arts world. By embracing leg kicks, we not only incorporate traditional elements but also showcase our commitment to the evolution of martial arts. This change would further distinguish Karate Combat as a dynamic and progressive organization.


Let us consider these adjustments together and shape the future of Karate Combat. Your thoughts and feedback are invaluable in making these decisions. Please share your views and help us take Karate Combat to new heights.




Yes, please allow thigh kicks because kicking below the knees with the shins while trying to access the calf will lead to tibia injuries, Many of the calf kicks end up damaging the tendons behind the knee because the kick does not land low enough… A fighter should be free to do low kicks without having to think about landing a foul. The rule of only kicking below the knees dissuades many fighters to go low, and who instead then just opt to box.

Good morning,
The risk in doing this is that Karate Combat risks losing its identity.
This is going to be like a Kickboxing competition.
In karate, authorized strikes are strikes that can end the fight with a single blow.
The Low-kick does not come into this case, it is undermining work.
I am not for this development.

Today I watched KC 42 and many of the fights had lowkicks that went too high and many were undetected by the referees, I think in the Payet fight the referee admonished Payet a couple of times. Kenji Grillon was the best calf kicker at KC 42 but mostly, because of the below the knee kick rule, fighters are not kicking enough and are just tapping the legs of their opponents in order to not injure themselves. KC does not want to be another Kickboxing promotion but is really just reversing the kick to punch ratio in favor of punching ! KC actually should be considered Boxkicking . “In karate, authorized strikes are strikes that can end the fight with a single blow.” This may be the ideal, but as in most combat sports it is usually a flurry of techniques that ends a fight by KO. I just think lowkicks everywhere on the leg would not diminish KC. The only kick I think that should never be allowed in striking is the oblique kick which can overextend the knee. Regards

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